For next Spring I will need to plant mealies (sweet corn) somewhere other than where I planted them this year - and that's not even taking crop rotation into account.
This last Spring I decided that my retainer block section could possibly grow some vegetables - well, it can, but not the veggies that I anticipated. Anything more than 30 cms (15") high will just get wind blasted - we have a wicked South Easter which blows here in summer - they call it the Cape Doctor, for it blows all the winter smokey air, which is still lingering, out to sea.
But the Cape Doctor is not kind to gardens:
As you can see I had to support my mealies with whatever I could find - even tying them up with stakes...
Then we thought of putting up some shade cloth - to break the force of the wind. Not the prettiest, but it worked thankfully!
The end result - I have a couple of mealie plants which have survived the wind thus far - and for which I am extremely grateful. But this spot certainly wont do for next year, so...
RMan to the rescue!
I have to say the RMan came through 110%. I am completely blown away at what he constructed, using alien Black Wattle poles!
This is the old veggie patch - my attempt:
And this is what I have now:
|The start of the makeover|
|RMan in action|
|Finished - my new shade cloth "tunnel" - and already|
planted (on the right hand side) with all the
seedlings I had ready
I saved some netting which my winter squash had been packed in, and draped them over the strawberries - it works a treat! They can see them, but can't get to them!
Now, if only MKid would hurry up and get here (NGirl and MKid arrive on Sunday) for these beauties are for them :-)